Hemphill

June 29, 1951 — Jan. 3, 2020
Thursday, February 6, 2020
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            Rebecca Ann Hemphill

Rebecca Ann Hemphill — “Becky” — was born on June 29, 1951, and died on Jan. 3, 2020.

Becky was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in September 2019 and her health rapidly declined. She spent her final days at Spokane Hospice House North.

Becky spent the first 18 years of her life living in Rapelje, Mont., a small farming community northwest of Billings. She loved the time she spent in Rapelje and was proud to say she graduated from Rapelje High School, one of 11 students in her class.

She attended college in Billings and Bozeman and began a 44-year career in banking, living and working in Bozeman, Great Falls, and Missoula.

She loved the earliest part of her career where she provided excellent customer service, patiently answering questions, balancing checkbooks and cautioning against fraud. Many of her customers became friends and kept in touch with her after she left a position.

Becky finished her career in banking in Spokane, working for Numerica Credit Union. She happily retired in Aug. 2017, and had a year to herself.

She was quick to respond with a “yes” to her niece, Megan, who asked her to provide childcare for Maggie, a great-niece, which she did for 2018-19.

That was the happiest year of Becky’s life as she watched Maggie grow into a happy and healthy 2-year-old. Maggie and Becky spent hours reading books together, singing songs and practicing the ABCs.

Becky was an avid sports fan, following the Mariners, the Seahawks, Montana Griz football, GU Men’s Basketball and was also a season ticket holder for GU Women’s basketball. She was able to go to the WCC Tournament in March 2019 and enjoyed every minute of it!

Becky was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Gert Hemphill.

She is survived by her sister, Mona Griffin; brother Bob (Maureen); brother Russ (Keith) and sister Rita.

She is also survived by and fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews, Ryan Hemphill, Cara Graney (Jeremy), and Eric Hemphill (Bree); her nieces Megan Griffin (Terry Holbrook) and Erin Griffin (Vince Chu); her great nieces, Katie and Maggie Holbrook and her great nephew Ben Graney.

Three aunts, an uncle, and numerous cousins from the Hemphill and Wagner families also survive her and provided loving support to her and her siblings throughout her illness.

Becky was cremated and Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 330 E. Boone in Spokane on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at 11 a.m., and later in the spring a celebration of life will be held in Montana.

The family thanks all the caregivers who helped Becky make this journey, especially the staff at Spokane Hospice House North, Dr. Mourton, Father Jerry Graham, SJ and St. Aloysius Pastoral Care Staff.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Spokane or the Ronald McDonald House.

Online tributes may be left at www.holycrossofspokane.org. Arrangements have been entrusted to Holy Cross Funeral and Cemetery Services of Spokane, Wash.

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